CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1999 |
The United States released a report on religious freedom worldwide Thursday, concluding that much of the world's population lives in countries in which religious freedoms are restricted. Many of the countries faulted, including China, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, regularly show up on the annual U.S. list of overall human rights abusers. But the report also criticized some U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for intolerance.
March 16, 1991 |
Basil Boji's cousins fought on opposite sides of the Gulf War. Sometimes he thinks about what would have happened if one of them had been killed by the other. Or if indeed one of them was. His American cousin is alive and well, but he has not heard from his relatives in Iraq since the U.S. bombing began.
March 5, 1991 |
Rebelling civilians have emptied political prisons and executed loyalists of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a popular fundamentalist Islamic uprising that has spread anarchy across southern Iraq in the last four days, according to refugees who reached here Monday. Foes of the Iraqi president have taken control of seven major cities south of Baghdad in a growing threat to Iraq's dictatorial regime, the refugees said.
March 2, 1991 |
Relieved Iraqis went to mosques on Friday free from the fear of allied bombs. For many, it was a pilgrimage of mourning. In the Kadhimain district of Baghdad, site of a Shiite Muslim shrine, the faithful knelt in the Great Mosque of Kadhimain to give thanks for peace. "People prayed for peace and to teach our people to understand what happened," said Ali Mohammed, a Baghdad University history professor. "Our people have to rebuild themselves first and then rebuild their country."
February 18, 1991
"Once the allied forces began bombing Iraq, Kuwait was no longer the central issue in the minds of most Muslims. A non-Muslim army was attacking a Muslim country, and it became the duty of every believing Muslim to fight the oppression. President Saddam Hussein declared it a jihad, and Muslims all over responded to the call.
February 5, 1991
"We are convinced that God is on our side." Saddam Hussein during interview with Peter Arnett of CNN, Jan. 30 "The world needs to tell the one with the big stick that the stick in your hand cannot destroy the house of God or the humanity of man." Hussein, in reference to George Bush during a domestic speech, Jan. 29 "We are being faithful to the values that God Almighty has inspired in us, for we have no fears of the forces of Satan, the devil that rides your shoulder." Hussein in a Jan.